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Mary with the Child, Venerated by Two Evangelists

Tintorettobefore 1570

Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

This altar-piece dating from c. 1570/75 was painted by Tintoretto alone, without assistance from his studio. The depiction of Mary with a crown of stars above the sickle moon as the Woman of the Apocalypse and Immaculata, appearing to the Evangelists as if in a vision, is typical of Counter-Reformation veneration of Mary.

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  • Title: Mary with the Child, Venerated by Two Evangelists
  • Creator: Tintoretto
  • Date Created: before 1570
  • Physical Dimensions: w160.0 x h228.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Medium: Canvas
  • Style: Italian
  • Copyright Text: Text: © http://www.prestel.com, Prestel Verlag / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stefan Moret // Photo: © http://www.bpk-images.de, b p k - Photo Agency / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders
  • Collection: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist information: Tintoretto was an Italian artist and remarkable representative of the Venetian Renaissance school. He was a pupil of Titian—even if not for a long period—whose colourism had a profound influence on his work. His manner did not, however, purely confine itself to Titian's but also drew from Michelangelo. Tintoretto felt very connected to Venice and created various artworks in Saint Mark's Basilica. In 1548 he was commissioned to create four pictures in the Scuola Grande di San Marco. Another enormous task he completed was the decoration of the walls and ceilings of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Around 1560 he began several paintings for the Doge's Palace, one of these, Paradise, is considered the world's biggest painting on canvas. He stands as a precursor of the Baroque due to his use of special effects of light and perspective to create dynamism. He was fascinated by lights and their impact on his compositions which explains why some subjects appear in several works, illuminated differently each time.
  • Artist Place of Death: Venice, Italy
  • Artist Place of Birth: Venice, Italy
  • Artist Gender: male
  • Artist Dates: 1518-09-29/1594-05-31

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